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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is considered by many people to be one of the greatest artists who ever lived. During his lifetime, he was famous for his artwork and skill as an engineer: since his death, he has become equally celebrated for his scientific knowledge and his inventions, many of which were hundreds of years ahead of their time.

Da Vinci lived during a period known as the Renaissance when there was a great explosion of learning in Europe. He is often called a “Renaissance Man”, meaning that he was knowledgeable and talented in many different areas.

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The Leonardo da Vinci Mini Pack

Leonardo da Vinci Knowledge Organiser

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Leonardo da Vinci Facts

  • Leonardo da Vinci got his name from his home town of Vinci, where he was born on the 15th of April 1542.
  • Da Vinci left many of his works unfinished, including the Mona Lisa, which he never considered to be finished.
  • It is thought that da Vinci wrote over 20,000 pages of notes, of which about 7,000 still survive.
  • He used mirror writing in his notebooks.
  • Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian.

Videos

Top 7 Leonardo da Vinci Inventions

This video gives information about some of Leonardo da Vinci’s amazing inventions and how he developed them.

Running time: 5:00

Leonardo da Vinci’s life in 3 minutes

A fantastic, short summary of da Vinci’s life and achievements.

Running time: 3:04

Leonardo da Vinci’s Flying Machines

This video gives information about da Vinci’s flying machines and how they worked.

Running time: 5:04

Da Vinci 500 years on

This short video explains how discoveries from more than 500 years ago have pioneered the way we live our lives even today.

Running time: 2:02

The Mona Lisa Song

Have you ever wondered what would happen If the portrait of the Mona Lisa came to life and started singing? Now you can find out!

Running time: 2:20

Books

Katie and the Mona Lisa

Join Katie as she steps into one of the most famous paintings in the world for an exciting art adventure!

Leonardo and the Flying Boy

Leonardo and the Flying Boy provides an exciting introduction to the great genius of the Italian Renaissance, with reproductions of Leonardo’s own work.

Leonardo, the Beautiful Dreamer

This book features twenty lavish spreads which highlight distinct periods and make the master’s art, jokes, explorations, and inventions wonderfully vivid and accessible.

Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?

This book offers an accessible portrait of a fascinating man who lived at a fascinating time. It also shares lots of information about his ideas and inventions.

Incredible Machines

The six magnificent pop-ups in this book recreate some of da Vinci’s marvellous inventions in 3D. Leonardo’s own words also help the reader understand these inventions and explore the world of science.

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